2012-13 WHL Western Conference season preview

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Ty Rattie - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: 2012 WHL playoff scoring leader Ty Rattie and his Portland Winterhawks teammates hope the third time is the charm in 2012-13 as the team looks to erase the memory of two consecutive WHL championship losses (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 Here’s a look at the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference heading into the 2012-13 season. Of course, the National Hockey League labor strife will impact rosters during the early going. And, the deadline for WHL teams to announce their three 20-year-old's comes along in mid-October.

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Video: 2012 All-American Prospects Game – Seth Jones

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2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game - Seth Jones

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman and top 2013 prospect Seth Jones puts his talents on display at the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 Players taking part in the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will be under the scrutiny of scores of NHL scouts and GM's that will be in attendance.  But one player may draw the attention of these interested observers more so than others, that player being defenseman Seth Jones.

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Quebec Remparts hold top spot in CHL

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Ryan Culkin - Quebec Remparts

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Ryan Culkin and his Quebec Remparts teammates had a successful start to the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the second edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

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Nic Petan named WHL Player of the Week

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Nic Petan - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward Nic Petan was named the first WHL Player of the Week for the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League is pleased to introduce Denny’s as the sponsor of the WHL Player of the Week Program. The Denny’s WHL Player of the Week highlights the exceptional play from one individual around the League, who made a significant contributed to his team’s overall success.  The Denny’s WHL Player of the Week is announced each Monday throughout the season and will also include a video component this year comprising of highlights of the recognized player from the past week.

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2012-13 WHL Eastern Conference season preview

by Jared Ramsden
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Michael St. Croix - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: New York Rangers prospect Michael St. Croix will lead the offensive charge for what should be the team to beat in the WHL, the Edmonton Oil Kings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 It's not easy to repeat as league champions, but the Edmonton Oil Kings appear poised to potentially buck that trend as they return a large portion of their WHL Championship team from last season. They might get a slight push from the Calgary Hitmen and Saskatoon Blades, but those are really the only two teams who can come even remotely close to matching the overall talent the Oil Kings possess.

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